Nelkin, Arthur
Interview Date
May 19, 1986
Arthur Nelkin, an award-winning scientist in the field of oceanography, has worked with Jacques Cousteau in ocean research and was Chief Scientist of Oceanic Research at Westinghouse Electric Corporation; birth year, 1917;
[T1S1] father's work history; parents' emigration from Europe to Gloversville, NY; parents' marriage; family moves to Brooklyn, NY, and Newark, NJ; moves to Pittsburgh, PA to work for Penn Tire Company; education, Gloversville High School, Carnegie Institute of Technology in Physics; home life; Jewish education; father was president of Glove Workers Union; influence of teachers; employment as youth; financing his college education by playing football; playing football and other activities as an adolescent; activities at Carnegie Tech; member, Tau Delta, Jewish fraternity; works for the Bureau of Mines after graduation; contract employment with the United States Navy;
[T1S2] courtship and marriage; employment with Westinghouse Underwater Science Division; his children; their careers and families; recollections of pollution in Pittsburgh; affiliation with Rodef Shalom Temple; board member, Jewish Family and Children's Service; involvement with United Way; 1975, Recipient of the Westinghouse Honor of Merit Award for technical advances in acoustic science; developer of an acoustic aid for the blind; founder of an ocean research lab in 1965; working with Jacques Cousteau in ocean research;
[T2S3] his retirement from the position of Chief Scientist of Oceanic Division; job discrimination in the 1930s and 1940s; 1965-70, his work at the Ocean Research Lab in La Jolla, CA; building a new submersible in contract arrangement with the Navy; diving during research and building projects; some description of Jacques Cousteau; board member, Young Men's and Women's Hebrew Association, United Jewish Federation; involvement with Rehabilitation Institute; his enjoyment of sports; family members still in the Gloversville area; his lectures; story of his daughter's summer in the south during race riots; her marriage and career; son's career;
[T2S4] views about the Jewish community, Squirrel Hill community.
Cousteau, Jacques Yves; Science; Oceanography; Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company
Birth Date
Gloversville, NY
Oceanic Divistion, Westinghouse Electric Corporatino
Squirrel Hill
Occupation (father)
Glove cutter
Length (hours)
Goldzer, Louis
Goldzer, Bicky
Zetler, Adrienne
Collateral Materials
Box 104 FF 41
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